How to Get Word Hidden Text to Show in a PDF

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Microsoft Word is a popular choice for producing hardcopy documents that display creative layouts, different font styles and sizes, colored graphics and useful tables of contents and indexes. Sending an online version of one of your documents to someone who does not have Word requires converting it into a PDF file. Revealing hidden text in such files is useful, for example, when you need to show invisible comments to an associate or reveal potential editorial corrections.

Things You'll Need

  • doPDF or similar PDF converter program
  • Download and install a PDF print converter program like doPDF, which is available in the Resource section. This program defines a PDF converter as an additional printer on your system.

  • Run Microsoft Word and open the file you want to convert to a PDF.

  • Choose the “File” menu and select “Print” to display the Print dialogue menu.

  • Choose “doPDF” in the “Name” dropdown menu as your printer.

  • Click the “Options” button and put a checkmark next to “Hidden Text” under “Include with Document.”

  • Click “OK” to accept your choices. The “doPDF” dialogue appears. Enter a PDF file name if needed, and click a checkmark next to “Open PDF in Reader,” if you have a PDF reader installed.

  • Click “OK.” After printing, the converted PDF appears in your reader. Verify that the hidden text has printed.

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